As the beginning of spring arrives, Yuuichi goes about his life with everyone, including Mai and Shiori. While talking to Akiko about the past and remembering Ayu’s accident, he learns something important.
Wow. This was everything I had hoped it would be, this episode and the series in whole. I wrote a lot, so for anyoneâ€™s help the first section talks about this episode, second section â€œFinal Wordsâ€ talks about the series as a whole. That saidâ€¦. Wow. This final episode really was great. At first it was just really cool to see everything seemingly back to normal. Akiko was fine, and I wasnâ€™t really bothered by her suddenly becoming fine because the drama that ensued from her accident, with Nayuki, was already finished. Which, they showed greatly too, Nayuki and Yuuichi being fine again. The actual ending scene with Ayu and her haircut was done perfectly. It was JUST how I remembered it, down to most of the lines being the same. Although done much better, animation, atmosphere, and so on. It was cool to see it how I remembered it. It made the moment much more touching, but more on my feeling so knowing about the ending before watching in Final Words.
Overall, this episode was great. It not only wrapped things up, but it made the episode itself more then that, it was fun to watch by itself and seemed to be the final point that I have been waiting for, not only for half a year or whatever scene the series started, but it really was the experience and ending I waited for since three years ago when I saw the first one.
One thing that made this episode constantly enjoyable and also memorable and a GREAT tie in with the whole story was how they closed all the open arcs. Before this Shioriâ€™s fate wasnâ€™t for sure, and no news had really come from Mai after she was in the hospital. Not only did they just show the two of them as fine, they really did include them in the story. It may not seem like that big of a thing, but after their arc and even after concluding it here, they didnâ€™t just toss them to the side. Shiori was talking with Yuuichi for quite a while about dreams, which is a major underline theme of the entire series. She really discusses it in quite a bit of depth with him, so not only is she still included in the story, but her inclusion rally does matter. The same goes for Mai too, although seemingly not as much as Shiori, she was also included and actually a little bit important to the plot, as her talk is what makes Yuuichi go to the tree and find the hair band, which could be shown as an important part because Yuuichi lets out his feelings and makes a huge self realization.
Speaking of Yuuichi and his self realization, I thought that scene was great. It wasnâ€™t anything they really had in the old series, or at least good. It did so many things too. Although plot wise it didnâ€™t do much, him finding the hair band wasnâ€™t said to be the exact link that brought Ayu back or anything like that. However that moment was probably one of the most, if not THE most, important scene in Yuuichiâ€™s character advancement. The realization about how all along he had been choosing a dream over reality was a pretty big realization. It got rather philosophical, pretending that Ayu wasnâ€™t actually around him as some spirit or anything that same realization could be said to be true in a more human mindset kind of way. It was a great example of how they matched deep concepts with the story perfectly, and also just giving Yuuichi some real advancement. He had seemingly been going though everything rather fine, although being sad he didnâ€™t realize or change anything until this moment.
There were so many smaller things in this episode that made it great. It wasnâ€™t just one of the best episodes because it concluded everything, but it took all of the small things throughout the series and included them here, making it feel like you were experience everything that made this show so charming. I loved how they still included a topic about jam. That was such a non important thing to the story or character development, but was constantly there and hilarious. I also LOVED Mai with glasses. It was a really cool scene, probably just because of Maiâ€™s character. Sheâ€™s a loner type, but not really, more like quiet so its really funny and nice to see her do things like that. Also, something really small that probably doesnâ€™t really mean anything that was really neat to see was the final scene, the fox in the background. When they showed the little tree sprouting from the cut down one, in the background a small fox walked into the picture. Although I donâ€™t think that that is Makoto, or that sheâ€™s coming back, it was neat that she could be included in a way even if they didnâ€™t actually show her or anything. The last small thing that was really really cool was that the song Kanon was playing again in the cafÃ© when Yuuichi was talking with Akiko. Iâ€™ll talk more about the connection that song has below in Final Words, but itâ€™s cool that they would just put it in the background instead of normal music.
I first saw the original Kanon a couple of years ago, two or three, I donâ€™t remember exactly. I had some break; I was off from school and wanted to marathon a series. Now, at that point I had already downloaded Kanon. A while before that I had downloaded a bunch of anime I found from recommendations and that looked interesting and burned them to DVD. So, Kanon had seemed like an interesting enough premise that I had it ready. I decided to watch it for not particular reason and ended up staying up all night watching the series. I was pretty impressed. The one thing I remember thinking about it was that it had much more supernatural aspects to it then I thought it would. However despite the horrible animation, I liked it. Iâ€™m not one to completely disregard an anime for animation. It helps it tremendously, but I try and look behind that to the characters and plot. Kanon in that sense was ok, I liked it. It wasnâ€™t my all time favorite, nor even reaching into my top 10 or so. However, it was interesting. I liked how each girl had a tragic story of their own and how things intertwined. However, it did suffer a bit form being a tad boring at times. Except for the interesting overall plot and past these characters had, there was nothing to really pull everything together. Still, I quite enjoyed it. Not the best, could be better, but was ok. I thought the character stories, especially Ayuâ€™s situation, was interesting.
When I heard that KyoAni, the makers of one of my newest favorite shows ever were doing a remake of a show Iâ€™ve seen before, I was very much interested. The original didnâ€™t have enough of a hold on me to make me giddy about it, but I knew that it had a great story and KyoAni were amazing, they could make something that I enjoyed much better. I then heard it was going to be twice as long, which made me very happy because the boring parts, the emptiness that didn’t allow anything to be tied together could be filled. And I must say, KyoAni did not disappoint. Not only did their extra episodes allow for a bit more content and character development, the comedy and everything seem to have really made it more enjoyable all throughout. The original was good because of the high points; however this new version was continually charming and great. Sure KyoAniâ€™s version is slightly different. Shioriâ€™s arc wasnâ€™t as sad, nor was Ayuâ€™s final wish scene, however it was ok. They may not have been as sad, but they were different. Not so much in overall what happened, but how they approached the scene. Not only was it fun to watch something new I hadnâ€™t seen, but it was almost more fun because I had seen the original. Overall, KyoAni did a miraculous job. The music, animation, everything seemed perfect for this series. They had taken something that was interesting, beefed up those high points the original had and filled all of it with good. They basically made everything that held the original down and made it spectacular. For that allowed me to enjoy an existing story even more. The overall plot is important, but KyoAni really showed that how you approach it is drastically different. Not just in animation, KyoAni beefed that up, but they really did do so much more.
One thing that I want to talk about is where Kanon got its name. I donâ€™t know if Key actually named Kanon after this, but I wish they did and it fits. Back in the Mai arc, Sayuri talks about a song that is playing called Pachelbelâ€™s Kanon. She said â€œIt repeats the same melody and crescendos gradually, peacefully, and beautifully. It would be nice if life changed like that: slowly but surely, while being seemingly unchanged from day to day.â€ I think that that fits the theme of this show perfectly. The contrast is that life isnâ€™t like that, not for real life, and not for Yuuichi. The show almost can be described as a fight to achieve Kanon, striving for life to be peacefully and gradually changing. However, as Yuuichiâ€™s situation shows, its not. Things are always there, and he tries to deal with them, changing those anomalies into a Kanon style of life. I donâ€™t know, itâ€™s really hard to explain. It gets philosophical almost, about life in general and how life is or isn’t ever changing in a slow gentle way, like Kanon. Either way, whether life is or isnâ€™t like Kanon, or if Yuuichiâ€™s situation differs, the general theme and concept it refers to is great for this show.
Another thing I want to talk about is watching this series without or with having watched the previous series. Some may say that it is better to have only watched this one. While it is true that this series and version is better, I donâ€™t agree. Although no one can really compare the two feelings, you canâ€™t have both so anything will just turn into an argument about which is better. However after having watched the new one and old one, I can say that I am quite happy with my experience. Having watched the previous series it seemed to me like it helped me to enjoy it because I noted the little things. I also saw familiar characters and situations in new ways. The overall idea and plot may be the same, Makotoâ€™s still a fox, Shioriâ€™s still terminally sick and so on, but they were handled differently. I was able to get all warm and happy inside from seeing something that others may not understand. Itâ€™s hard to explain but itâ€™s almost as if watching the other series allowed me to appreciate some things in the new one more. Some of it you canâ€™t really experience, even if you watch this series a second time, itâ€™s not the same feeling. I still got the feeling of seeing something new, but just in a different way. I had countless situations where I would go Omg, itâ€™s so and so, that will be used for this. Bother versions may have said object or person, but the way they are handled is different, so there is still a joy of seeing something new and fresh, but itâ€™s seeing something familiar that way. If it appears normally people may not pay much attention to it. Even watching it a second time and noticing those things wonâ€™t get that you that feeling. Although it may be enjoyable to watch this series first, I donâ€™t doubt that, there is something unique and exciting about seeing a remake like this.
To wrap things up (yes, I know I went on quite a rant there) this show was amazing. It is truly epic to me and will remain one of my all time favorites. I wonâ€™t try and justify this show to those of you who donâ€™t like it, as I canâ€™t really do that. You either like it or you donâ€™t, I canâ€™t persuade you to change y our mind. To me, it is something that is truly memorable. The characters were great, interesting, and fairly unique. Not only that but several characters all had amazingly deep and tragic stories. Unlike other ero game adaptations where they maybe only talk about the deep story of the winning girl, this one they delved into all of them while still keeping a winner. I think one of the things that makes Kanon so special to me, and generally really a very great show is that it has a deeper meaning behind it. It isnâ€™t just focused on real life events or odd events either. It has a constant theme of dreams and miracles. That theme is always there, Shiori talked about it to Yuuichi in the last episode specifically, and just all around it was always there. Thatâ€™s what kept the explanation of odd things going, but made them work. That theme of deeper topics is what made this show a step above some others that may try and be like it. As for the ending, it was great, what I expected. Itâ€™s, again, hard to explain, but I felt like it was just how I remembered it but in a truly more spectacular and amazing way that it didnâ€™t take joy away from seeing it again. In any case though, the show was magnificent, being great tragedy into it about greatly developed characters, as well as keeping a lot of humor amidst it all.